Is sketch comedy a long dead artform, resigned only to occasional resurrection from its grave like a limp finger puppet? Or has the burgeoning revival we keep being told about finally taken glorious flight? According to Mudcrabs Go Wild!, the new show by the Mudcrabs (somehow short for the stolid sounding Melbourne University Comedy Revue Board), neither is correct. The sketches are delivered with such … Continue reading Mudcrabs Go Wild!: Or Do They?
Mattie McLeod seems to be the typical 24 year old, studying a bachelor of Film and Television at the VCA and in constant post-traumatic turmoil over her previous Tinder flings. Yet unlike most, she is also the writer of a new Australian musical comedy, Tinder Tales, premiering this month at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Recently, I sat down with her to discuss all things … Continue reading Talk of ‘Tinder Tales’ and Fails with Writer Mattie McLeod
A tiny makeshift room, sectioned off by curtains and tucked away on the first floor of the Carlton Club, sets a cosy scene for Sam Garlepp’s Never Have I Ever. He greets all the early arrivals personally, and reassures us that there will be more people coming. Sure enough, a raucous crowd packs in and Garlepp makes his grand entrance, dancing in to his own … Continue reading Never Have I Ever Been So Entertained
Melbourne University Sri Lankan Students’ Association’s (MUSLSA) annual charity play, The Biggest Richard, felt much like watching a Bollywood movie in the theatre. With popcorn, brownies and drinks sold personally from seat-to-seat, this show brings forth nostalgic feels for any South Asian, anywhere. It wasn’t just the experience, though; The Biggest Richard had all the elements and characteristics found in a typical Indian Bollywood movie: a three … Continue reading The Biggest Richard: Bollywood Blockbuster
Into the Abyss might just be the funniest existential crisis you’ll ever have. Through a mixture of improv and sketch comedy, a series of sketches tumble from the minds of Jacob Sacher and Jack McGorlick. As Paul Noodle Phd. Candidate, the pair don hats, strainers and banana costumes to become surreal characters who populate the mind of a comatose boy. Sacher and McGorlick charm their … Continue reading Into the Abyss: Grab a Pool Noodle and Dive In
Have You Herd, an experimental take on dystopia set in the fictional land of Losheepa, delights in its audience’s discomfort. It follows the struggle of a young girl and boy, played by Cheryl Ho and Samuel Rowe respectively, in their struggle against the Whoves, a wealthy ruling class who have turned Losheepa into a warzone. The set is sparse, the lighting dark, and the audience … Continue reading Have You Herd: Power to the Sheeple
CTG’s production of The Twelve is an adaptation of an adaptation, referencing both the classic 1954 play Twelve Angry Men and its 1991 Japanese film parody The Gentle Twelve. Following the deliberations of a jury who are largely too superficial and goodhearted to convict a beautiful young woman of murder, The Twelve presents a humorous and thoughtful piece of theatre. The production’s greatest strength lay … Continue reading The Twelve: The Jury’s In